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July 29, 2013

Just make the Weiner story go away already

NORMAN — Just make them go away. We’re talking about headlines like this: “Anthony Weiner, his sex messages and his wife.”

“The new (or old) adventures of Anthony Weiner.”

“Anthony Weiner admits he sent more lewd messages.”

And, of course, the most disturbing:

“Anthony Weiner says he will stay in mayoral race.”

While it may sound like the stuff of newsstand tabloids, the Weiner story is the news of the day in The Washington Post, The New York Times and other top newspaper and television outlets.

Some in the industry say Weiner’s attempt at a comeback is news because he is so seemingly remorseless. Weiner, as you’ll remember, resigned from Congress after he admitted to sending lewd pictures of himself to young women.

Now he’s running for the mayor of New York. On Tuesday he made more admissions — he sent explicit text messages to a woman as recently as last summer, more than a year after sexting revelations destroyed his congressional career.

The New York Times and the Daily News are calling for him to take his “marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye.”

Weiner is dismissing the calls to drop out, and we have to wonder just how genuine those calls are. After all, the two newspapers are keeping him in the public eye by giving this story space.

The 48-year-old Democrat probably has a future somewhere, but it’s not in an elected office.

Let’s all just jump off the Weiner bandwagon now. There has got to be something better to read about.

— The Joplin Globe, Mo.

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